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St. James Episcopal Church in Newport Beach celebrates Pride Month in June

St. James Episcopal Church, Newport Beach shines rainbow lights on the outside church wall.
St. James Episcopal Church, Newport Beach shines rainbow lights on the outside church wall in recognition of Pride Month beginning June 4.
(Susan Hoffman)

St. James Episcopal Church in Newport Beach celebrates Pride Month beginning with the lighting of the church in rainbow colors each Friday and Saturday evening during the month of June with the exception of June 18 and 19 when it honors Black Lives Matter colors (green, black, red, yellow).

Why do we celebrate Pride Month?

It provides an opportunity for the LGBTQ + community to come together and celebrate accomplishments such as freedom to be themselves and to receive support from allies.

The movement grew with national organizations formed as a result of a raid at the gay bar, Stonewall Inn June 28, 1969.

The rainbow represents different groups within the gay community.

According to pride.com, hot pink represents sexuality, green represents nature, turquoise represents music and art, indigo represents serenity and harmony and violet represents spirit.

The Rev. Canon Cindy Evans Voorhees stands in front of a rainbow lit wall.
The Rev. Canon Cindy Evans Voorhees stands in front of a rainbow lit wall as part of St. James Episcopal Church, Newport Beach celebration of Pride Month.
(Susan Hoffman)

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